Today, I am reviewing Bully Boy’s White Whiskey (Batch 44). A few weeks ago, I reviewed Bully Boy American Straight Whiskey, and I rather enjoyed it. Today, I am reviewing Bully Boy’s juice right off the still. However, unlike many distilleries, Bully Boy does not use the same mash bill for their white whiskey as they do in their aged product. The American Straight Whiskey is 45% corn, 45% rye, and 10% malted barley, whereas the White Whiskey is 100% wheat. In addition, the American Straight Whiskey is bottle at 84 proof (42% abv), and the White Whiskey is bottled at the standard 80 proof (40% abv).
According to Will and Dave from Bully Boy, they chose wheat as their grain of choice for their white whiskey because of the softness of wheat on the palate. As a fresh spirit, wheat has more drinkability than corn and more sweetness than rye or barley. Down at Bully Boy, they have experimented with aging some of their 100% wheat whiskey, but thus far the results have not been as good as their clear spirit or their American Straight Whiskey. So, for the time being, Bully Boy will probably be sticking with their wheat recipe for their white whiskey and their corn/rye/barley recipe for their aged product. It is refreshing to see a micro-distillery trying new things and not bottling those experiments if they don’t come out well. Too many distilleries nowadays are just bottling all the whiskey they can make, and it is insulting to the product, the process, and the consumer. Bully Boy is doing it right. Special thanks to Will and Dave for the bottle!
On the nose, this whiskey reminds me of a tequila nose. There is a big, sweet agave note, with some hints of wildflowers, grass, brazil nuts, and walnuts. The palate is very clean. That agave notes keeps hanging around with some nice honey, sour apple, grapefruit, and banana cream. There is also some black licorice, cranberry, and bubble gum. The finish is short (common in white whiskeys), but sweet (agave and bananas). With water, those sour fruits work their way to the fore a little more.
Overall, this is a very good white whiskey. Generally, white whiskeys are not my favorite because they tend to be harsh and not very drinkable. However, this one is a fine example of what a little innovation can do. The 100% wheat mash bill is a brilliant idea, and it leads to a nice, sweet, soft whiskey. For a white whiskey, this one is a very enjoyable whiskey straight up, but it is a wonderful mixer. I had some folks over to my place a few weeks ago, and the cocktail ideas were flowing well. The drinkability of this whiskey makes it a brilliant base for any mixed drink. My Grade: C. Price: $30-35/750ml. This is the highest grade I have ever given a white whiskey in my whiskey journal at home, so Bully Boy has a good thing going on here. Don’t be afraid of the white stuff, and let it ride!